Monday 21 August 2017

'I have nothing to hide' - Husband of missing Tina said he will take a lie detector test over her disappearance

Richard Satchwell, husband of missing Tina Satchwell, in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell, husband of missing Tina Satchwell, in Youghal Harbour near their home on Grattan Street. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

The husband of missing woman Tina Satchwell (51) has offered to undergo a lie detector test to prove to everyone he has nothing to hide in relation to her disappearance.

The offer from Richard Satchwell came as he admitted he was very upset by some of the things being said about him, particularly on social media.

Mr Satchwell repeated his plea for his wife to make contact with him, her family or the gardaí as he said her disappearance has taken all joy from his life.

He offered to take a lie detector test or polygraph to underline his innocence.

Tina Satchwell with her husband Richard
Tina Satchwell with her husband Richard

"I have nothing to hide," he said.

"If I was asked to take a lie detector test I would take one."

"My wife is going to turn back up or she is going to get in touch with the Gardaí. One way or another this will all come out and, in time, it will (be shown) that I have done nothing."

"I went by what I thought my wife would want me to do - I know my wife better than anybody, I know her better than I know myself."

Richard Satchwell pictured holding a photo of his wife Tina who is missing from their home in Youghal,Co Cork Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Richard Satchwell pictured holding a photo of his wife Tina who is missing from their home in Youghal,Co Cork Photo: Kyran O'Brien

"I have been with my wife for 28 years - (I have tried to provide) a good quiet, loving marriage and nothing else."

He admitted he no longer trusts the press over the way Tina's disappearance has been reported.

Mr Satchwell agreed to do a final interviews with TV3 to issue a fresh appeal for information.

Mr Satchwell revealed he fell in love with Tina at first sight when she moved from her native Fermoy, Co Cork to northern England over 30 years ago - and his life is now "only an existence" without her.

Tina vanished on March 20 and, despite a major Garda appeal for her including an RTE CrimeCall feature, no trace of her has been found over the past four months.

She was reported missing on March 24.

Tina had no passport, her mobile phone was left in her home and her bank account has not been accessed.

Mr Satchwell returned from an errand in Dungarvan on March 20 to find Tina gone and her house keys on the ground.

"I spotted suitcases gone, the cash box was open and money was gone. Then I got the jitters. There was a large amount (gone)."

"It was money to help renovate the property. She would have enough to keep her going a long, long time."

"There is no describing the feelings that go through your body (when you realise something is wrong)."

"To say your world starts falling apart when you are not sure of stuff is an understatement."

"We celebrated 25 years of marriage just before Christmas so I think yeah (the relationship was good)," he said.

"There has not (been) a sign - not a dickey bird."

"I have tried everything (to find her). I have been to places we like going - I have driven to Killarney."

"She wouldn't get on an airplane - she was terrified of flying."

"My dream is that she will turn up as suddenly as she left - that is what I pray for."

He has now dropped a spare key to his home to Youghal Garda Station in case Tina turns up.

"We are not just a couple. We are best friends and we can talk about anything. I miss all that."

"I miss her laughing, I miss her smiles, there is absolutely no joy left. I miss it all."

"Her grandmother was from Rochdale. She (Tina) went over there and moved in beside my brother. I said to my brother, there and then, I am going to marry her."

"It was love at first sight. I was opposite to what Tina would normally go for. Back then, I was pretty overweight and stuff like that. I wouldn't be the good-looking guy she would normally like. But she fell in love with my personality - the person that I am."

"We got married in Oldham, just outside Manchester."

He urged Tina to make some form of contact to let people know she is safe and well.

"I would say this - Tina, you are in no trouble with the guards, you shouldn't be afraid to get in touch. Send a letter to a member of family, contact a radio station - you don't have to tell them where you are. Just let them know you are safe," he said.

Mr Satchwell said he is co-operating fully with the gardaí.

"I was surprised when they (Gardaí) went for a search warrant (of the Youghal home). I left them to do their job. I have nothing to hide. I have only told the truth," he said.

"The best thing for me is to let the gardaí do what they are trained to do."

However, he said he is deeply unhappy at the way some of his interviews have been portrayed in the media.

"These days my phone doesn't stop ringing - it is usually a newspaper. But I am refusing to talk to them.

"Honestly, since seeing the way they put stuff up, I do mistrust them now."

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